Soldiers Cemetery - History

The following is excerpted from: Miles Kennan Womack, Jr., Gadsden: A Florida County in Word and Picture, Gadsden County Historical Commission: Quincy, Florida, 1976, pages 75-76.  (This book is available for purchase from: Gadsden County Historial Society, Post Office Box 143 Quincy, FL 32353.  The price of $30.00 includes postage and handling for mailing.  Mr. Womack may be contacted by e-mail at: Mylzw@worldnet.att.net )

QUINCY - A MEDICAL CENTER

     Another valuable service which Gadsden County contributed to the war efforts was medical assistance.  Quincy was one of six medical centers for sick and wounded soldiers.  A total of 515 beds were maintained throughout the state --- 150 at Lake City, 126 at Quincy, 100 at Tallahassee, seventy-five at Madison, fifty at Marianna and fourteen at Camp Log near Madison.  The medical stations of West Florida and Quincy were under the direction of Dr. Thomas Y. Henry, assisted by many people including "the Ladies' Aid Society".  An account of this heroic medical endeavor was recorded by the Society in this manner:

About this time, Col. Holland's Florida Brigade was ordered east, passing through Quincy, many ill with fever and in a starving condition.  The ladies rushed to the aid of these poor suffering soldiers.  The court house; Quincy High School; the Episcopal Church; and Academy, a very large building, were hastily prepared as hospitals.   Even then, these facilities were inadequate and other houses were used for their comfort.  Day and night these noble women toiled to care for their brave defenders.  A cemetery lot had been selected early in the commencement of the war, and the muffled drum and the firing of platoons over the graves, were heard daily.  Flowers and dainties of the best that could be found were served to the poor sufferers by the ladies themselves, who deemed it a blessed privilege to soothe as much as possible the hardships of the heroes of this terrible war.
     Very little is known today of these "angels of mercy" during the war years, but for many years after the war these same ladies paid homage every April to the war heroes buried in Soldiers Cemetery.  Today, within the boundaries of Eastern Cemetery is a large plot of ground set apart by a fence containing only two marked graves, one marked "unknown", the other a veteran.

     In the later years of the century, Dr. Charles A. Hentz and Captain C.E.L. Allison found a list of the names of these forgotten soldiers recorded in the county court records and wooden markers were placed over the graves.  Through the years, however, these markers have deteriorated and the list of soldiers has been lost.

This page was created on 22 October 2000.
Revised 20 April 2003.

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